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Prev Chronic Dis. 2004 Oct;1(4):A15. Epub 2004 Sep 15.

What do we mean by Internet access? A framework for health researchers.

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  • 1Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA 98109-1024, USA. nbush@fhcrc.org

Abstract

Much is written about Internet access, Web access, Web site accessibility, and access to online health information. The term access has, however, a variety of meanings to authors in different contexts when applied to the Internet, the Web, and interactive health communication. We have summarized those varied uses and definitions and consolidated them into a framework that defines Internet and Web access issues for health researchers. We group issues into two categories: connectivity and human interface. Our focus is to conceptualize access as a multicomponent issue that can either reduce or enhance the public health utility of electronic communications.

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